This week's TTT at the Broke and the Bookish is "Top Ten "Older" Books You Don't Want People To Forget About (you can define older however you wish. Basically just backlisted books you think are great. Basically the point is to share books that could be forgotten about in the midst of all the new releases)."
I feel like I've been overwhelmed with new releases lately. I make a point of keeping up with them and my TBR list is filled with them. But it's also nice to lean back, take a break, and recall all the great books I've already read. I'm going to try to list older books that are lesser known, not classics that have already stood the test of centuries.
1. The Seventh Princess by Nick Sullivan
I read this in third grade and I've never forgotten it. It's about a girl who falls asleep on a school bus and wakes up as a princess-in a kingdom that's had its share of princesses.
2. The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak
It's been around less than a year, but with all the new arrivals, I think this counts as an "older" book. I think it was back in January that I said this was one of the best books I'd read all year-that's still true.
3. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
I read it for the first time this year, but it's been around for a while. It's a very realistic dystopia that seems even more realistic these days.
4. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
People still say "grok" sometimes, but I wonder how many people have read it who weren't around in the seventies? If you haven't you should.
5. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
This goes on the perennial teenage girl list.
6. Gilt by Katherine Longshore
7. Forever by Judy Blume
Same. Required reading for every 16-year-old girl.
8. Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
One of the most lyrical, beautiful books I've ever read about friendship, growing up, love, New York, photography, being Indian, and dancing-all the important things.
9. Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
Still plugging it. Sorry.
10. Logavina Street by Barbara Demick
It's both a new AND an old book.
And bonus, since it goes with the Sarajevo theme: 11. Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo by Zlata Filipovic
Another book I read as a kid and never forgot.